Physical Education

Physical Education at Blenheim offers a wide range of team and individual activities through which the department aims to develop a positive attitude towards participation and a high level of performance. Opportunities are available for each and every student to develop physically, socially and emotionally. 

They are encouraged to compete and  co-operate with each other, understand and appreciate their own performances and those of others and to respond and interact appropriately when participating in various roles.


School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

  • Sports Hall with indoor Cricket nets.
  • Dance studio.
  • Floodlit astro-turf all weather pitch.
  • Five outdoor Tennis courts.
  • Four outdoor Netball courts.
  • 3 grass pitches with adjacent training areas.

Extra-curricular Sports Clubs

At Blenheim we have a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs that take place in the mornings and after-school. All students are welcome to attend as many clubs as they like. Students' commitment and positive attitude to these clubs are rewarded each year through our ‘Sports Colours’ assemblies where students can achieve certificates, badges, polo shirts and a special sports tie.

We have a comprehensive fixtures list in many different sports and compete in district, county and national level competitions. We also have students who compete at both county and national level in sports such as Football, Cricket, Netball, Speed Skating, wimming, cheerleading, gokarting and wakeboarding.

A list of all the clubs available is available in the Enrichment Section of the website.  Please note that the timings of some clubs may alter due to fixtures and other competitions. For a weekly guide to what clubs and other events are going on please refer to our PE & Sport Bulletin. The results of all fixtures can also be viewed.

General Information

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KS3 Physical Education

Years 7 and 8

Lessons in Key Stage 3 follow a course which emphasises skill development and tactical approaches to a variety of sports as well as developing knowledge and understanding of health & fitness. 

 

Activities Studied

Year 7

Year 8

Rugby Union Netball
Netball Cricket
Basketball Football
Football Badminton
Gymnastics Gymnastics
Dance Dance
Rounders Athletics
Athletics Rounders
Fitness Fitness
Cricket Rugby


What skills students develop

·       Their ability to perform a wide range of sporting techniques and tactics with precision, fluency and control.

·       Their ability to make and apply decisions in different sporting situations.

·       Their mental determination to succeed and their physical capacity to cope with the demands of different activities.

·       Their ability to evaluate their own and others' performances and suggest areas for improvement.

·       Their ability to make informed choices about the types of activity they are suited to and the roles that they can take on.

 

How students are assessed

Students are taught in mixed and single gender classes depending on the activity covered and set according to their level of ability. Students' practical performances are assessed on a lesson by lesson basis with clear guidance given on how to achieve the expectations for each level.   Formal assessment lessons are also conducted during the last week of each sport where students are given an attainment level for each activity they study.

 

How parents can help

Ask questions about what your child has learnt in Physical Education. Talk to them about the importance of practice and hard work to achieve success. Make sure they have the correct PE kit for every lesson. Encourage them to attend as many different extra-curricular clubs as possible; it will help improve their all-round sporting ability. 

If your child has a passion for an activity take them to a club outside school to receive specialised coaching and meet new people. Advice can be given by the Physical Education department on suitable local clubs in the area. Make sure your child is aware of the importance of exercise and diet for maintaining health. Finally go and play some sport with your child, it’s great fun!

 

School Trips

Students have the opportunity to attend a variety of different enrichment activities throughout the school year including visit to dance productions and many different sporting events. There is also opportunity for students to attend a weekend long Netball or Football tour in the spring term.

 

KS4 Physical Education 9-1

Core Physical Education Lessons

All students, regardless of whether they select PE as an option subject, will have two lessons per week of Core PE. These lessons will give students the opportunity to continue to engage in physical activity over a wide range of different sports. 

 

GCSE PE Graded 9-1

In Year 9, students who opted to do GCSE PE as an option subject will have three periods a week. The syllabus offers the most suitable variety between practical and theoretical work for our students. Students complete this course over three years with a range of practical and theory lessons. The course is assessed via two written exams completed at the end of Year 11 worth 60% of the overall grade (9-1). The remaining 40% is split between practical assessments in 3 sports (40%). One sport must be team based, the second must be an individual sport and the third sport can be from either category. Students will also be assessed on their analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one of their activities.

 

How students are assessed

For the 40% practical side of the course, students are assessed in all the sporting activities that can be completed at Blenheim, with the majority being those that were taught in KS3. Additional activities can also be assessed provided the exam board recognise the activity. In previous years this has meant that students’ who have regularly participated in swimming, cycling, skiing, and golf outside of Blenheim, have been able to use their ability in these activities to count towards their GCSE grade. The 60% theory part of the course is taught and assessed on a topic basis. Each topic is evaluated with a formal written assessment in the form of a unit test key assessment, to monitor a student’s ability in that area of the course. 

 

The topics studied for the theory exam are:

Applied Anatomy and Physiology

Sports Psychology

Use of Data

Socio-cultural Influences

Movement Analysis

Health Fitness & Wellbeing

Physical Training

 

 

Homework

Students studying PE in KS4 will have 2 hours of homework per week. One hour will be spent on a theoretical based task while during the other hour students are expected to participate in extra-curricular sport. All homework tasks are planned to build on the knowledge learned in lesson, and frequently these tasks make use of student iPads.

 

How parents can help

It is vital that parents actively encourage students to be participating in sports activities both in and outside of school. For the theory side of the courses a simple analogy can be used; ‘practice makes perfect.’ To achieve the best grades, students must use the knowledge gained in theory lessons and be able to apply it. Therefore, please encourage your child to regularly practice the material learned, through discussion and analysis of their own performances in sport, and the performances of others. Just like in sport the more you get your child to practice, the better they will be!

 

Course link

Full course specification

NCFE level 1 and 2 course

Course details

The course is divided into two units. Unit 1 consists of learning the structure and function of the main body systems including the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems and how they apply to health and fitness. Analysing postural abnormalities and the effects of poor lifestyle choices on the cardiovascular and respiratory system as well as the responses to exercise and training. 

Unit 2 consists of learning the impact of lifestyle on health and fitness, how to test and develop components of fitness, how to apply health and fitness analyses and to set goals, how to structure a health and fitness programme and how to prepare safely. 

Throughout the course learners will develop skills and knowledge in adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback by evaluating their own work, analysing data and making decisions that are essential for the health and fitness sector, such as evaluation skills, responding to data, independent working, working to deadlines, and efficient use of resources. The knowledge and skills gained will provide a secure foundation for careers in the health and fitness industry.

Link to course specification

Assesment

NEW Level 1-2 Technical Award in Health and Fitness

Unit 1

40%

Body systems and principles of training in health and fitness

Written Exam (90 minutes)

80 marks 

1 hour 30 minutes

A mixture of multiple-choice, short answer and extended response questions.

Unit 2

60%

Preparing and planning for health and fitness

Synoptic Project. The synoptic project will assess the learner’s ability to effectively draw together their knowledge, understanding and skills from across the whole vocational area. 

 

Enrichment

As well as the potential to assist with Sixth Form sports teams and House events, there is the opportunity to assist with the development of lower school sport by assisting teachers in lessons or with extra-curricular sport.

Student quotes

“This course is ideal if you have an interest in sport and fitness!”

Progression

The qualification is for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge of sport and fitness, and would assist those who may be thinking of working in the sport and leisure industry. Students could seek employment in the industry directly after achieving the qualification, or could progress onto a multitude of differing university or college courses and then onto employment. Due to the varied nature of the course there are very few fields of study or work that you won’t be able to access. This is because throughout the course you will develop highly transferable skills such as becoming skilled in presentations, report writing, analytical skills, communication skills, excellent time management and experience with both quantitative and qualitative data.